Started by chefist, June 10, 2015, 09:46:44 PM
Quote from: SredniVashtar on May 16, 2017, 11:59:55 AMOn the sprawling Vashtar estate I am currently growing potatoes on one side, with zucchini on the other. Unfortunately the weather has meant that my tender zucchini plants are being menaced by snails, to which I have responded with a carpet-bombing campaign of slug pellets. 50 confirmed kills so far, with power to add.
Quote from: TigerLily on May 16, 2017, 12:11:57 PMHowzabouta Spring pic of a lovely English garden? You can post it in Bella-Haven. Stay for some coffee and bacon
Quote from: coaster on May 16, 2017, 03:37:34 PMI've had a few slugs to contend with. Never got too bad though. My problem are these grubs in the ground. They're maybe one or two inches long. A landscaper friend said not to worry about them, but they have ruined some of my cannas. They burrow right into the roots.
Quote from: SredniVashtar on May 16, 2017, 03:54:24 PMThis is to show you what I'm up against. There must be a dozen of those slithery bastards there.
Quote from: Rix Gins on May 16, 2017, 04:24:29 PMOh yes, those are the same type of snails that we've got here in the states. I've often wondered if they can be packaged and sent to France as a delicacy, though I've never gotten the nerve up to sample one. Perhaps your gardeners would know?
Quote from: akwilly on May 16, 2017, 06:42:13 PMI deal with big ass slugs by leaving beer bottles about half full around the bases of what is in planter boxes. The slugs freaking love beer (Miller lite) and go straight into the bottles where they drown and leave my plants alone. Might work on snails
Quote from: nbirnes on May 30, 2018, 02:06:47 PMHere is one quadrant of my cutting-field. Mowed by hand, by me. Also, I've begun to hand-weed the edges of beds, in that old-fashioned Italian way.
Quote from: whoozit on May 30, 2018, 07:41:12 PMGarden and grass I used to maintain.
Quote from: Yorkshire pud on May 30, 2018, 08:00:48 PMIt took a while but the head gardener managed to get his team organised and this afternoon we opened the new fountain..
Quote from: pate on August 25, 2019, 01:39:04 PMI am getting rained out on my massive ever-expanding lawn project today. Several years ago when I still had a gasoline powered mower a friend who I was helping move gifted me with an old-skool reel mower. When my last gasoline mower died, I started using the reel mower and discovered that it worked really well on a certain type of grass already growing in the lawn. Since then I have abandoned the gasoline mower (my small back yard is maybe 1500 square feet) and embarqued on a systematic genocidal extermination of weeds and crab-grasses. I don't like to put pesticides or herbicides on the yard due to my three large dogs, and my container garden so I have hand dug and burned weeds as I find them growing.Last year around this thyme I decided to get really serious about the grass situation and dug up/tilled the back yard, identified the species of grass that was present and worked well with the reel-mower (set at a 1 inch mowing height) and went about finding some seed of that type. I discovered that the species present that I liked is Bermuda grass, and it was too late at that time to get seed for it as it is a warm weather grass like zoysia and some other types. With this information in hand I proceeded to goggle the intartubes for a cool-season grass that could tolerate a 1 inch mowing height and settled on Bentgrass. I also discovered that athletic fields are sometimes planted with a mix of Bermuda and Bentgrass.My three dogs weigh 58, 78 & 110lbs each, one is a puppy on a high-protein diet until Christmas (apparently in addition to the salt in dog urine, a high protein diet makes dog urine the equivalent of industrial strength liquid fertilizer) so I have the added challenge of the wear and tear these dogs put on the lawn. I figure they are the equivalent of a Rugby team in the amount of stress they inflict on the yard, especially in the summer.Happily, Bermuda is very salt tolerant and grows aggressively if you water and fertilize regularly. Unhappily the little bit of Bermuda I had present did not seem to survive the winter last year, but the Bentgrass that I seeded in did. I think the Bentgrass kept growing throughout the winter as long as the temperature was above freezing. Anyhow, Bentgrass is not as salt tolerant as the Bermuda, and I seeded Bentgrass again this spring and it took off wildly in the areas the dogs had not compacted into concrete. According to my notes, I seeded in May with the Bentgrass, a bit late probably. When June came along, I made a mistake. I lowered my mowing height to 3/4 inch and that along with "Dollar Spot" fungus, the heat and the growing puppy's high-protein diet effectively nuked my lush Bentgrass. I think I also cut down on the watering due to the alarming water bills.In late June, alarmed, I raised the mowing height back to 1" acquired some Bermuda seed, applied 300lbs of 2:1 sand/compost dirt topdressing and spread 120lbs of gypsum to try to break up the clay/compacted soil. All of this in preparation for another Bentgrass seeding (I had notionally scheduled it for this weekend, but am putting it off for a week or two while the latest Bermuda seeding has a chance to get established.)I seeded again in late July with Bermuda, this time applying 600lbs of the 2:1 sand/compost topdressing and 20# more gypsum (I understand you cannot really hurt anything with craploads of Gypsum, or "Alabaster WHyte" as I affectionately call it).Intermittently I have acquired, various varieties of Bermuda runners that have overgrown curbs and/or invaded flower/garden beds and transplanted these into particular spots in the yard where the dogs won't allow grass to grow. It has worked pretty well. Even though I don't like Zoysia very much I have also acquired a small 1 square foot plug of what my lawn care friend tells me is "Emerald Zoysia" that I have installed in the most abused section of dirt/lawn. The dogs have not yet killed it, but it remains to be seen if it survives this winter.In early August, dissatisfied with the Bermuda coverage I opted to again seed, I altered my top-dressing formula to a 2:2:1 sand/compost dirt/peatmoss and put approximately 1750lbs over the 4.5lbs of Bermuda seed. I amended this topdressing with finely ground gypsum (I will guess about 15lbs of it for the 1750lbs, I basically filled up a small flowerpot halfway for every wheelbareel load of topdressing). This new topdressing for the seed is now my standard, the addition of the peatmoss really keeps the seeds moist, and assists in keeping the dirt from washing out leaving only sand behind.This early/mid August Bermuda seed has sprouted about a week ago, and the current plan is next weekend if it is tall enough to survive a 1/4" topdressing I will use the Labor Day weekend to put together about 30 cubic feet of 2:2:1 sand/compost dirt/peatmoss topdressing (I figure that will weigh almost 3000lbs!) and try seeding some more Bentgrass for the fall/winter growing season.I really did not think when I started this lawn project centered around a reel-mower that I would still be working on it to the almost exclusion of all else for this long. What amuses me most about it all is that I have apparently selected varieties of grass that most would consider a nuisance/weed. One is a cool weather grass that is very thirsty, and the other is a hot weather grass that is drought tolerant. They both spread aggressively in their respective growing seasons which I hope will be enough to counteract the dog abusive treatment of the backyard.Next year, if I can get my crazy Bermuda/Bentgrass plan to work and both are established healthily I plan to acquire some Creeping Red Fescue seed and overseed and topdress the whole shebang. I am not sure how Creeping Red Fescue will tolerate a 1 inch mowing, but what the hell I like the fact that it is a really fine bladed grass.Bermuda: Bentgrass: Creeping Red Fescue: -pediot: please spare me the "TL:DR" TIA
Quote from: albrecht on August 25, 2019, 04:23:15 PMIf you have sun Bermuda can be invasive (I use this term in a good way here.) Shady parts are hard to deal with grass. Recently, I'm dealing with an armadillo problem. Caught possum, caught coon, but can't catch the bastard digging up the lawn (St.Augustine.) I would appear my technique, despite rules and increasing water bill, of watering too much in attempt to catch said dillo was not working. So, I plan to do the opposite and not water, in hopes he will wander off to better pastures for the grubs, worms, etc. A difficult balance between not losing the lawn though. Dogs do damage. Unless you can occupy them with other endeavors. You might try to overseed with rye perennial (a realtor trick) and during winter to help keep some ground cover when other grass goes dormant or looks bad. If your property is sufficient size, lots of sun, and no ridiculous HOA or City rules there are native seeds that actually can look nice. A prairie look. Less mowing and can actually look nice. Some have been hybridized to become more 'turf like' also. I can't vouch for those. With creativity, depending on your State's laws, you can actually get an 'Ag Exemption' for restoring prairies or native wildscape or support for creatures- even butterflies- (so lower taxes.) The general trick, if your main home, is to parcel out your home (and Homestead it) and the rest of the land as another property and get Ag Exemption on that. Some links to native seed companies that have various native (so hardy) depending on your region: https://www.wildseedfarms.com/ https://www.seedsource.com/
Quote from: pate on August 25, 2019, 05:56:35 PMAl, my yard is really small, approximately 25 feet wide by 55 feet deep. I like to keep it mowed at a 1" height, and find myself mowing every couple of days. It takes all of ten minutes to run over it with a reel mower, pick up the dog poop and any sticks that act like emergency brakes with a reel mower.I do have a side yard that I call "Plant Thunderdome" that might benefit from the native grasses route. Presently I put gifted/acquired stuff in there and see if it takes, I never water it, and occasionally weed it. Seedums, day lilies, peonies, daffodils, irises, columbine, and one shrub (paradise something oranother) are all that have survived this year. There is also some Euonomous (sp) that is growing in there, but it tends to take over, I am contemplating Vinca, which I have started on the other side of the house.Figured I snap a couple pics of the yard and thunderdome.Yard: Plant Thunderdome: Yeah it all looks shitty, but it is a work in progress and I am fine with it for another few years if it actually takes. Maybe I'll give up and just turn the whole back yard into vegetable garden and actually get something out of it. I am in a lawn mode right now. Thanks for the links, +19.5!-p
Quote from: albrecht on August 25, 2019, 06:05:17 PM... The other thing, which I found weird but then reassessed, is to take photos (from same point) of your yard during the day and also different times of year. Get to know, now with records, how the sun hits. Then plant, trim trees, etc accordingly. Also, I suggest vary mowing height depending on season. This can help with watering, growing, etc.
Quote from: pate on September 14, 2019, 01:37:16 PM [attachment=1,msg1356316] Looking over my yard notes, I see that Bermuda seed & topdressing went down on 12AUG2019. The first sprouts were noticeable by 17AUG2019.29AUG2019 Bentgrass seed went down, with some fertilizer. First sprouts were noticeable 31AUG2019 (I love how fast the bent-grass can sprout after you spread it)Picture above is from yesterday (the file data says 2018 because I incorrectly entered the year when setting up the camera). [attachment=2,msg1356316] This is that picture I took on 24AUG2019 from approximately the same spot.Have had some serious rains since the top-dressing went down, it has washed most of the peatmoss & bentgrass seed down to the sidewalk that goes into the back corner compost & firewood area. Had quite a crop of bentgrass sprouts on the mud-covered sidewalk, but the dogs have trampled the hell out of it so I think it was a waste. There are spots around where the bentgrass is sprouting, mainly in amongst the Bermuda. I just overseeded the Bentgrass, since I had enough seed for two seedings, I didn't think the Bermuda was tall enough yet for a top-dressing.The plan had me putting more seed and topdressing down last weekend, but I think I will delay that for at least a week, to allow the bentgrass that has just sprouted (and is continuing to sprout) some time to get a bit taller and more established.Mongo Llyod, & Flipper McGee decided to photo-bomb while documenting this process.Overall I am satisfied with the progress, I wish there was more coverage but I think I am doing pretty well with the dog challenges. In the middle left of the first photo there may be a yellow/brown spot visible, that is a dog-urine patch. That seems to be the Achilles' heel of the lawn, even though I water on a daily basis it doesn't seem to be enough to dilute the spots.
Quote from: Jojo on September 14, 2019, 01:42:22 PM... I don't see the yellow at all...
Quote from: pate on October 17, 2019, 05:37:34 PMWell it has been about two weeks since I did the seed & top-dressing and I am starting to see results, although my Bermuda grass is going into hibernation for the winter. The dogs are doing there best to kill it already; the 100lb knucklehead likes to "wipe" his paws after he takes a dump, killing all sorts of new sprouts and probably some established Bermuda grass too. I still think it looks pretty good considering the 250lbs of destructive canines that have free reign while I try this quixotic task.Yard two weeks ago: 04OCT2019Yard today: 17OCT2019The leaves are starting to fall pretty good, and my summer long hand picking up of leaves is over. I don't want to rake them so for the past two weekends a friend that owns a lawn business has graciously loaned me his STIHL BR700 leaf blower (cue Tim Allen Tool Thyme monkey sounds):That thing is fucking badass! What would have probably taken me an hour or three to do without fucking up the sprouts with a rake I did in like 10 minutes. I want one of my own, but they are like $700 or something; ridiculous for my tiny 1500 sqft yard. Someone should start a GoFundMe page for my yard or something, PM me for deets. Now I will not miss the CHIEFS game tonight due to OCD leaf cleanup.Cheers!